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Date: Apr 23, 2021

An Iowa woman pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to hate crime charges for attempting to kill two children because of their race and national origin.

According to admissions Nicole Poole Franklin, 42, made during the hearing, on the afternoon of Dec. 9, 2019, Poole Franklin was driving her Jeep Grand Cherokee on Creston Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, where the first child-victim was walking along the sidewalk with another young relative. Upon seeing the children and believing that the victim was of Middle Eastern or African descent, Poole Franklin drove her vehicle over the curb towards both children, striking one of them. Poole Franklin then drove away from the scene.

The assault resulted in injury to the victim, including cuts, bruising, and swelling. Approximately 30 minutes later, Poole Franklin was driving her Jeep near Indian Hills Junior High School in Clive, Iowa, where the second child-victim was walking on the sidewalk. Poole Franklin, believing that the child was Mexican, drove her vehicle over the curb and struck the victim, causing serious injury, including a concussion, bruises, and cuts. Poole Franklin again drove away from the scene but was apprehended later that day.

Read more: Department of Justice

A female police employee has been fatally stabbed in a knife attack at a police station in Rambouillet, south-west of Paris.

The 48-year-old unarmed administrative officer was stabbed in the neck.

The 36-year-old attacker, who reportedly came to France from Tunisia several years ago, was shot and later died in hospital.

Anti-terror prosecutors have taken over the inquiry, and the killing is being treated as a possible terrorist attack.

The stabbing took place in the secure entrance to the police station on Friday afternoon as the worker was returning from her break at 14:20 (12:20 GMT).

Witnesses said the man had been seen walking around while on his mobile phone outside the police station and seized his chance to go in as the woman went through the security doors.

Read more: BBC News

Police have blamed the New IRA for a bomb plot on a young female PSNI officer's car, beside where her three-year-old daughter sits.

The device, which police have described as being designed to "engulf the car with a fireball", was left at the rear of the officer's car. It was subsequently made safe by the Army bomb squad.

Police confirmed that the officer's daughter was at the property when the device was discovered.

ACC Mark McEwan, Head of the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department said the current line of enquiry suggests the New IRA were responsible.

Read more: Belfast Telegraph

One day after two four-star military commanders told Congress they did not have problems with extremists in their ranks, the top adviser on the issue to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took a different view and stated plainly that he believes the opposite.

"It would be remiss if we didn't admit that there is a problem with extremist behavior in the military. That is to say that one extremist is one too many," Bishop Garrison on Wednesday told a Center for American Progress think tank seminar on ending White supremacist violence.

"The George Floyd murder hearing and a lot of these other day-to-day issues that greatly affect communities of color whether or not they wear a uniform or work for DoD are vitally important for us to understand. If we're going to be strong teammates we have to ensure that we're being proper allies for those individuals going through a lot of difficult times within their own communities, so having an education and training line of effort that helps us better understand these gray areas and what we need to do to help address a lot of these issues is going to be of vital importance for us," Garrison said. He is the first senior Pentagon official to speak about the Floyd case since the guilty verdict Tuesday against former police officer Derek Chauvin.

Read more: CNN

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is not ruling out any motive for last week's mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx Ground facility, an agent in charge said.

Sikh leaders have called for an investigation into Brandon Scott Hole's motive for killing eight people and wounding at least five others on April 15 at the FedEx Ground Plainfield Operations Center. Hole, 19, died by suicide following the shootings.

“The FBI continues to work with IMPD and other law enforcement partners to find a motive for this senseless act of violence, and will be meticulous and thorough in our investigation and devote as much time as needed to find answers for the victims' families," FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said in a statement. "We are not ruling out any motive at this time, including one based on hate/bias."

Read more: WRTV